Bridge heights and openings
There are a number of historic bridges in The Broads which present a navigational challenge to yachts and larger vessels.
Yachts will typically need to lower their masts when navigating through most bridges in The Broads. There are also rail bridges at Somerleyton, Reedham, Trowse and Oulton Broad that have been constructed with swing mechanisms which are staffed and opened by Network Rail as required by individual vessels. Other types of bridges open by lifting mechanisms and these are at Breydon Water, Novi Sad, St Julian's and Carrow Road bridge in Norwich.
Please note that the Broads Authority does not operate the swing bridges or lifting bridges in the navigation area. However, for the three Norwich bridges an opening can be arranged through Broads Control on 01603 756056 providing at least 24 hours notice.
Although the rail swing bridges at Somerleyton and Reedham may be opened by Network Rail without a direct contact being made with the operator, individual vessels may use VHF channel 12 to request a specific opening where required. The bridges can be swung 24 hours a day.
Trowse bridge currently is currently experiencing mechanical problems requiring extra assistance to operate. Network Rail therefore require seven days’ notice to open the bridge. The opening times are 9.05 am on Sundays and any day between 02.00 am and 04.00 am. To arrange opening please call Network Rail on either 01603 675297 or 01603 763440. Any problems in arranging the opening of the bridge should be reported to the Broads Authority Monitoring Officer on 01603 756085 or to firstname.lastname@example.org, who will be pleased to assist.
Oulton Broad swing bridge can be booked by contacting Oulton Broad Yacht Club on 01502 574946.
Clearance measurements for bridges given are at Average High Water during summer. There will be greater clearance near Low Water, especially at Great Yarmouth and in the southern rivers. Barometric pressure, rainfall and wind conditions affect river levels so caution should be exercised and bridge gauge board carefully noted.
|Beccles Road Old*||1.98||6' 6"||12.6||41' 6"||Fixed road*|
|Beccles Bypass New||3.66||12'||28.9||95'||Fixed road|
|Breydon Fixed Span||3.96||13'||Fixed spans||12|
|Breydon Road Lifting||3.51||11' 6"||Lifting span||12|
|Haddiscoe New Cut||7.32||24'||12.1||40'||Fixed road|
|Norwich Jarrolds Bridge||3.63||11'11"||Fixed pedestrian|
|Norwich Lady Julian||3.96||13'||Swing pedestrian||12 Carrow|
|Lowestoft Harbour||2.16||7'1"||Lifting road||14|
|Ludham||2.59||8' 6"||5.4||18'||Fixed road|
|Norwich Carrow||4.27||14'||12.5||30'||Lifting road||12|
|Norwich Foundry||3.05||10'||16.4||54'||Fixed road|
|Norwich Novi Sad||4.88||16'||16.5||Swing pedestrian||12 Carrow|
|Norwich Trowse||2.74||9'||12.9||30'||Swing rail||12|
|Norwich Bishop's Bridge||3.2||10'6"||6.05||19'10"||Arch Fixed road|
|Postwick Viaduct||10.67||35'||Fixed road|
|Potter Heigham New||2.31||7'7"||22.4||73' 6"||Fixed road|
|Potter Heigham Old*||1.98||6'6"||Fixed road*|
|Oulton Broad, Lake Lothing||4.57||15'||Swing rail|
|Oulton Broad Mutford||2.39||7' 10"||6.4||21'||Lifting road||14, 73|
|Reedham||3.05||10'||16.6||54' 6"||Swing rail||12|
|St Olaves||2.44||8'||23.9||78' 6"||Fixed road|
|Somerleyton||2.59||8' 6"||16.4||54'||Swing rail||12|
|Thorpe Rail (each)||1.83||6'||Fixed rail|
|Wroxham Rail||4.57||15'||14.3||47'||Fixed rail|
|Wroxham Road*||2.21||7 '3"||8.00||26'6"||Fixed road*|
|Yarmouth Haven||2.90||9' 6"||26.8||88'||Lifting road||12|
|Yarmouth Acle Road||2.13||7'||21.3||70'||Fixed road|
|Yarmouth Vauxhall||2.06||6' 9"||30.4||100'||Fixed foot|
* Arched bridges
NB In all cases, tidal levels can vary considerably and so affect the above figures.
At Potter Heigham hire boats must use the bridge pilot from Phoenix Fleet boatyard. Pilot service available 8.30am-6.00pm, depending on tide and weather conditions. Telephone 01692 670460.